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Dec 11 20:51

The Secret of Oz

Bill Still's latest. Basically a retelling of the same history he presented in "The Money Masters".
He only partially achieves his attempt to wrap the story around the allegory of monetary policy symbolized in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"(it doesn't all tie in neatly).
However, at about half the running time of "The Money Masters" he presents a much friendlier version of his ideas to pass along to the uninitiated. Plus great ideas from Dr. Ellen Brown and appearances by Peter Schiff and others that give it modern flesh.

Dec 11 19:13

Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq anyway

Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public.

The former prime minister made the confession during an interview with Fern Britton, to be broadcast on Sunday on BBC1, in which he said he would still have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

"If you had known then that there were no WMDs, would you still have gone on?" Blair was asked. He replied: "I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man has no morals whatsoever.

The reason for the invasion and occupation of Iraq was always, is now, and will continue to be, about Iraq's oil, which was nationalized under Saddam Hussein, and is now being bid out for development to the large oil companies.

But of course, that's something a little bit difficult to "sell" to your military, and their friends and families when they come back from this "adventure-for-profit" either dead or maimed for life.

So you "sold" WMDs to your country's citizens like a fishmonger, knowing well before the invasion that there were absolutely no WMD's in Iraq.

It was all about the money.

History will judge this man harshly as one of the worst Prime Ministers in the history of the UK, and that's saying something.

Dec 11 18:36

House chairman Brad Sherman calls on UC Irvine to throw out Muslim Student Union for raising money for Gaza

By Philip Weiss – December 11, 2009

Your Israel lobby at work. Brad Sherman is a liberal Democratic congressman from California and populist on Wall Street issues. He is also chairman of a House subcommittee on terrorism. With the applause (and likely the urging) of the Zionist Organization of America, he has sent out three letters to federal officials, urging investigations directed at Viva Palestina, the George Galloway group that is devoted to bringing aid to besieged people of Gaza– for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization, Hamas. The letters are to the IRS, to the Justice Department, and to Hillary Clinton.

Dec 11 18:17

Employees Working for No Pay

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yee-HAAA; it's working!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 11 17:27

Jim Rogers Interview: "Become a Farmer" (with notes)-Video

Tim Geithner wrong about the solution to our problem being to try to spend our way out of this mess - which is what got us into this. Why are we listening to Tim Geithner when he's been consistently wrong?

Dec 11 17:00

Health care loophole would allow coverage limits

A loophole in the Senate health care bill would let insurers place annual dollar limits on medical care for people struggling with costly illnesses such as cancer, prompting a rebuke from patient advocates.

Dec 11 16:58

House Passes Bill to Audit the Fed (UNCONFIRMED)

I have just received confirmation from a very credible Congressional source that the bill to audit the Federal Reserve is included in the House financial reform legislation which passed today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can anyone confirm this, and given that it is reported buried inside another bill, is this Ron Paul's original bill or the emasculated version that came out from Committee hacks.

Dec 11 16:57

EU vows climate aid to poor nations

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, said the offer "puts Europe in a leadership role at Copenhagen"

Dec 11 16:54

Arrests ahead of Copenhagen protest

Police arrested 75 sympathisers of the "Our Climate - Not Your Business" movement, which held demonstrations under the banner "Don't buy the lie."

Dec 11 16:42

New York City Erases Bike Lanes to Appease Hasidic Men Who Object to Seeing Women in Bike Shorts

Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community.

The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard.

Dec 11 16:27

President Obama ‘creating torture impunity’

Director of ACLU’s National Security Project Jameel Jaffer said “the Bush administration constructed a legal framework for torture and now the Obama administration is constructing a legal framework for impunity.”

In April, Obama said that CIA interrogators who had used waterboarding on suspected militants would not face prosecution. He also released Bush-era memos specifying that the practice did not constitute torture.

Dec 11 16:08

Quick Fact: WSJ's Strassel calls stolen emails a "gold mine" for climate change skeptics

Industry groups are gearing up for a legal onslaught; and don't underestimate their prospects. The leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit in England alone are a gold mine for those who want to challenge the science underlying the theory of manmade global warming.

Dec 11 15:47

Rep. Ted Poe - THE NEW YORK TIMES REFUSES TO REPORT ON CLIMATEGATE 12-10-2009

Dec 11 15:45

New World Order Monetary System

Dec 11 15:44

Jewish Terrorists Torch West Bank Mosque, Scrawl Nazi Slogans

In what seems to signal an escalation of organized Jewish terror against Palestinians and their property, suspected Jewish terrorists on Friday torched a mosque in the northern West Bank.

Palestinians sources said armed settlers from a nearby settlement threw flammable substance inside the Hasan Khadr Mosque at the village of Yasuf near Salfit, 15 kilometers, south west of Nablus .

The incident occurred around 4:00 am shortly before dawn.

The suspected terrorists also scrawled Nazis slogans in Hebrew, reading “revenge” and “we will burn all of you.” Other scrawls read “price-tag-greeting from Effi” Effi is a Hebrew name.

Dec 11 15:43

Global Research Climate Change Dossier: Detailed Analysis and Review of Global Warming

One hundred articles, scientific reports and critical news coverage of the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change

Dec 11 15:07

Video: UN Security Stops Journalist’s Questions About ClimateGate

Professor Stephen Schneider’s assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book.
Dec 11 15:04

AFTER YEARS OF DECEIT: US OPENLY ACCEPTS BIN LADEN LONG DEAD

However, since we lost a couple of hundred of our top special operations forces hunting for bin Laden after we knew he was dead, is someone going to answer for this with some jail time?

Dec 11 15:02

Google Sues to Stop Work-From-Home Scams

"At the heart of the scheme is a false representation that consumers can participate in a Google-sponsored program that will allow them to make hundreds of dollars a day working at home performing a simple task that requires no particular experience or qualifications," the search engine giant wrote in a 26-page claim filed in U.S. District Court in Utah.

The lawsuit names Nevada-based Pacific WebWorks and 50 other defendants referred to only as "Does 1 through 50."

Pacific WebWorks did not immediately return calls for comment from ABCNews.com. According to the Google claim, Pacific WebWorks operates a credit card processing site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, this is the reason we are having to cancel one of our ad clients.

Dec 11 14:59

Insiders Quietly Sold 82x More Stock Than They Bought

Insider selling has been massively outpacing insider buying, by 82x, according to FInviz data via Zero Hedge.

Dec 11 14:58

British medical journal questions efficacy of Tamiflu for swine flu — or any flu

A major controversy about the efficacy of the antiviral agent Tamiflu in treating influenza has erupted in the online version of BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal. A team from the prestigious Cochrane Review says that its analysis of published data about clinical trials of the drug, known generically as oseltamivir, shows that the drug is able to reduce the course of an influenza infection by a day but that they are unable to conclude that the drug is effective at reducing complications and hospitalizations caused by flu because they do not have access to key data from eight clinical trials sponsored by the drug's manufacturer, Roche Laboratories Inc.

Dec 11 14:56

Arlington National Cemetery Investigation

Records at Arlington National Cemetery suggest that workers found an urn of cremated remains that had been dumped -- presumably accidentally -- in a dirt landfill, reburied those remains as an unknown soldier, and kept the whole thing quiet.

With the publication of this article, Salon has now disclosed four separate cases in which the cemetery discovered unmarked remains due to burial glitches, mostly poor record-keeping. In a fifth case, the cemetery accidentally buried the remains of one service member on top of another in the same grave. Salon's reporting has led the Army to launch an investigation of record-keeping problems at the cemetery.

Dec 11 14:47

American Jews eye Obama's 'anti-Israel' appointees

Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community.

In the case of Obama's government in particular, every criticism against Israel made by a potential government appointee has become a catalyst for debate about whether appointing "another leftist" offers proof that Obama does not truly support Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are not allowed a voice in government unless you smooch Israel's butt, apparently.

Dec 11 14:33

Rules of human decency apply to Israelis too: academic boycott of Israel now urgent

Stuart Littlewood argues that an academic boycott of Israel is now urgent in the light of an Israeli High Court ruling that the Israel occupation forces acted within their rights when they abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

Dec 11 14:00

Protesters Converge on Copenhagen

A heavy police presence could be seen at a number of the potential targets, and police helicopters could be seen moving across various parts of the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL accept your new world order, maggots!"

Dec 11 13:43

Did 2009 mark the beginning of the end of Israel?

One particular event cast a sickening pall over the entire year, and in doing so reminded us that our world became ever more violent and perverse in 2009. Although this event itself ended in January, its fallout continued and will be felt for years to come. I am referring, of course, to “Operation Cast Lead,” Israel’s attempted liquidation of the Gaza ghetto. The event is significant not only because it was premeditated slaughter, but also because it did incalculable damage did to Israel’s propaganda industry.

Dec 11 13:42

"Catastrophic Global Warming", Ecological Brainwashing and World Government

As soon as the financial top had opted for a lingering crisis, global managers were instructed to work in two major ways: first, to invent a myth about the danger of swine flu pandemic (in order to take control of the national healthcare systems and reorganize the World Health Organization (WHO) into a global healthcare ministry) and impose a threat of global warming to gain control of world natural resources and introduce a unified 'green' tax (alongside with creation of a new sub-national managing body- an international ministry of ecology).

Dec 11 13:39

House kills mortgage relief in Wall Street bill

The House has rejected an effort to expand a Wall Street regulation bill with mortgage relief that would let debt-ridden homeowners reduce their payments in bankruptcy court. The vote was 241-188 to reject.

The provision would have revived a previous bill that passed the House but later failed in the Senate.

Democrats hoped that by inserting the provision in the regulatory legislation they would have had another opportunity to make it law. Aiding homeowners through bankruptcy had been a key feature of President Barack Obama's foreclosure fighting proposal, but the president did not push for it.

Banks and credit unions have lobbied against the bankruptcy measure. They say it would force a flood of bankruptcy filings and ultimately drive up mortgage rates.

Dec 11 13:38

House passes broad Wall Street regulatory overhaul

In a separate vote Friday, Democratic leaders failed to revive legislation that would let bankruptcy judges rewrite mortgages to lower homeowners' monthly payments. The measure was rejected by a 241-188 .

The House previously passed bankruptcy-mortgage legislation, but it failed in the Senate.

Democrats hoped that by inserting the provision in the regulatory legislation they would have had another opportunity to make it law. Aiding homeowners through bankruptcy had been a key feature of President Barack Obama's foreclosure fighting proposal, but the president did not push for it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, I guess ordinary Americans just are not a priority with this government, are they?

Dec 11 13:36

From Minnie to Mickey (and all they did was turn off a gene)

The findings suggest that being male or female is not a permanently fixed state but something that has to be continually maintained in the adult body by the constant interaction of genes to keep the status quo – and the gender war – from slipping in favour of the opposite sex.

Dec 11 13:33

Climate Justice Activists Enter Day 34 of Hunger Strike

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the science has been discredited, the tax agenda exposed, and so their response now is "I'm gonna STARVE myself to death if you don;t do what I want?"

Good.

That fits right in with the depopulation agenda they keep talking about.

Dec 11 13:00

Israeli Strategy: Dispossess Palestinians Of Their Remaining Land

The Land Research Center said, in a report on Friday, that the Netanyahu government started dealing with area in the West Bank as lands annexed to Israel or lands for settlement expansion.

The LRC published a report as the deadline given to Palestinians whose buildings, in the village Aqaba to the east of Tubas in the Jordan valley, are threatened with demolition ran out on Thursday 10 December 2009.

Director of the Center, Jamal al-Emleh, said that what is happening at the village proves anew that Israel aims to empty the land of its Palestinian owners and replace them with Jewish settlers.

Dec 11 12:47

US Not Opposed To Israel Pumping More Funds Into Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to seek cabinet approval for a new map of "national priority" zones does not contradict Israel's declaration of a 10-month construction freeze in West Bank settlements, the prime minister's bureau assured senior United States administration officials late Thursday.

The new map would enable another 110,000 settlers - most of whom live outside the major settlement blocs - the economic benefits conferred on residents of zones already included on Israel's list.

Dec 11 12:42

Ron Paul - "What if"

Dec 11 12:37

Settlers Vandalize And Set Fire To West Bank Mosque

The attack took place in the village of Yasuf, near the Samaria town of Salfit. According to reports, the perpetrators set fire to a carpet and to a library in the mosque’s second floor, destroying holy books. They also sprayed abusive statements in Hebrew on the walls. Graffiti messages included “Prepare for the price tag” and “We will burn all of you.”

Dec 11 12:30

Carbonphobia, the real environmental threat

Wood chips and wood pellets are exempt from European Union permit rules for carbon emissions, ostensibly because the chipped trees recently absorbed carbon from the atmosphere. The fact that the trees would have sequestered the carbon for centuries if left as living natural habitat and soil regenerative decomposing matter is conveniently overlooked...

America’s publicly owned national forests will be made available for this new private industry if Obama appointee Tom Tidwell, Director of the U.S. Forest Service, gets his way. Biomass electric power generating plants can consume as much as one semi-trailer truck load of chipped forest every ten minutes.

Dec 11 12:05

US terror suspect David Headley was American spy

The Daily Beast has since learned that Headley’s connections to the Drug Enforcement Administration's murky intelligence unit - which I confirmed yesterday - might have played a role in his alleged conversion to terrorism. Additionally, sources at a foreign intelligence agency tell me that he might have been a double agent who turned on the U.S. [...] Indian intelligence believes that Headley was an undercover U.S. agent who went rogue. This theory goes that Headley was used by U.S. intelligence to infiltrate the Lashkar terrorists

Dec 11 11:55

AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

The U.S. military’s AFRICOM forces pretend their mission on the continent is humanitarian. In reality, AFRICOM is the sharp edge of U.S. imperialism, a killing force eager to impose American dominance. The military command "locks Africa into a state of dependency and maintains favorable political and social conditions for U.S.-based corporations that exploit Africa’s natural resources." This is not a bug in the system. It's a defining feature of it.

Dec 11 11:52

Making an American 'Impenetrable Underground Wall' the Laughing Stock of the World—Leave It to the People of Gaza

In March, 2009 the United States provided the government of Egypt with $32 million in March, 2009 for electronic surveillance and other security devices to prevent the movement of food, merchandise and weapons into Gaza. Now details are emerging about an underground steel wall that wil be 6-7 miles long and extend 55 feet straight down into the desert sand.

The steel wall will be made of super-strength steel put together in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. It will be bomb proof and can not be cut or melted. It will be "impenetrable," and reportedly will take 18 months to construct. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8405020.stm)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks; while homeless Vets sleep in our streets!

Dec 11 11:49

Israel seals Gaza borders

Israeli forces decided on to close all goods crossing points into the Gaza Strip on Friday, a Palestinian official said.

Dec 11 11:47

Emergency Jobless Insurance Claims Surge By Most Ever In Prior Week

The number you won’t hear mentioned anywhere in the Mainstream Media: 327,729. That is how many people shifted to Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs in the last week alone, hitting an all time record high of 4.2 million!

Dec 11 11:44

I Pledge Allegiance to Global Warming

The Met Office, Britain's national weather service, "has embarked on an urgent exercise to bolster the reputation of climate-change science" in the wake of a whistle-blower's revelation of widespread misconduct by climate scientists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not about climate; this is all about money that will be made from the carbon cap and trade scams which are about to be shoved down the throats of We the People.

When government funds research, you can bet your bottom (worthless) US dollar that the results of that research will conform to what the government wants that outcome should be, no matter how the researchers have to skew the science to get it.

Dec 11 11:44

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

First, the length of a headline prevents me from including the damning introduction of treaty violation of torture, legal war, use of depleted uranium, and refusal to make antipersonnel landmines illegal. Now, to substantiate the headline’s shocking and factual lead:

President Obama rejected inspection protocol for US biological weapons, in Orwellian contradiction to his statement to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). This comes after increased US investment in bio-weapons during the Bush Administration with multiple reports of secret and illegal programs.

Dec 11 11:37

Food Stamps Go to a Record 37.2 Million, USDA Says

A record 37.2 million people, or about one out of every eight Americans, received food stamps in September, as the recession drove a surging jobless rate, according to a government report.

Recipients of the subsidy for retail-food purchases climbed 18 percent from a year earlier, according to a statement posted today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Web site. Participation has set records for 10 straight months.

Dec 11 11:35

Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election

Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country.

The two allies are in dispute with European states over whether to fund and secure the elections in the spring or press for postponement until 2011, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Oh, the Afghan people are going to love this, if such a postponement takes place.

But then, the invasion and occupation were never about bettering the situation of the Afghan people, were they?

These actions were always about private corporate profit from controlling the flow of Eurasian oil, and controlling the flow of the drug trade.

Apparently for the US and UK, a silly parliamentary election will just "...get in the way" of achieving those outcomes.

Dec 11 11:31

Geithner Says Treasury Faces Losses From Autos, AIG

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government is unlikely to recoup its investments in insurer American International Group Inc. or the automakers General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

Still, U.S. financial and economic conditions have improved, Geithner told the panel in Washington. The Treasury now expects to make money on its banking investments, if not on its efforts to stabilize the automobile and insurance industries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...US financial and economic conditions have improved...."?!?!?

FOR WHOM?!?!?!?? We the People?!?

I think not.

Dec 11 11:30

Chemistry student killed by 'exploding chewing gum'

A CHEMISTRY student has reportedly been killed by what is believed to be exploding chewing gum.

...

The man was studying at Ukraine’s Kiev Polytechnic Institute and was known for his habit of dipping chewing in citric acid.

Ria Novosti reports police found both citric acid packets and “some kind of explosive material” on a table in his parents’s room.

They believe he may have confused the two packets, dipping the gum into the explosive material rather than the citric acid.

Oops.

Dec 11 11:26

Turley: Obama bags Peace Prize while his lawyers are ‘gutting’ Nuremberg

The Obama administration has asked the Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit brought by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla against torture memo author John Yoo, asserting that Yoo cannot be sued for legal opinions he offered in the course of advising then-President Bush on national security matters.

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley finds ths decision inexplicable. "The president literally has gotten onto a plane this evening to go to Norway," he told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday, "to accept the Nobel Prize, while his Justice Department is effectively gutting a major part of Nuremberg."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Welcome to George Bush's third term in office, courtesy of President Barak Obama!

Dec 11 11:25

CLIMATEGATE - Three "Independent" temp charts actually originate from same set of data.

The three global temperature records are usually called CRU, GISS, and GHCN. Both GISS and CRU, however, get almost all of their raw data from GHCN. All three produce very similar global historical temperature records from the raw data.

Dec 11 11:20

One Step Closer to Unilateral Sanctions Against Iran

Congress has given new momentum to a bill imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran — a move seen by many as an ineffective form of sanctions and potentially antagonistic against valuable U.S. allies on the U.N. Security Council. This comes ahead of the end of the year deadline set by U.S. President Barack Obama for Tehran to respond to a proposed agreement to export most of its enriched uranium for processing in Russia and France.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...One step closer to a war against Iran.

Dec 11 11:20

Time to get serious about combating Climate Change denial

Those of us concerned with combating Climate Hate should take inspiration from the likes of the ADL and their vast experience in combating Holocaust denial. We must blacklist any scientist, educator, journalist and politician mentioning the slightest doubt in climate change or even suggesting that people should be free to doubt. We must make them unpublishable and unemployable. We must make them social lepers, to an extent that even their closest friends and family will not be associated with them. We must drag them through the courts wherever possible and make them rot in prison together with murderers and pedophiles. We must make anyone harboring Climate Change doubts be afraid of his own thoughts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is humor.

At least, I hope this is humor.

Dec 11 11:17

Are Americans Too Broken for the Truth to Set Us Free?

Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States? Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity in the face of obvious oppression will demoralize us even further? What forces have created a demoralized, passive, disCouraged U.S. population? Can anything be done to turn this around?

Dec 11 11:17

ACLU: Obama creating ‘a sweeping immunity doctrine for torturers’

The nation's pre-eminent civil rights organization ACLU on Thursday slammed President Obama for shielding the Bush administration from accountability for its "dangerous torture policy," and insisted that this "lack of transparency" severely threatens the future of constitutional liberty in the United States.

"The Bush administration constructed a legal framework for torture," Jameel Jaffer, Director of ACLU's National Security Project, said in a conference call with reporters. "Now the Obama administration is constructing a legal framework for impunity."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happens when the US institutionalizes torture, then creates immunity for the torturers, is the following.

It means that we have, for all practical intents and purposes, withdrawn from every human rights treaty to which the US has ever been a signatory, including the Geneva Accords.

The institutionalization of torture means that no US representative can ever blather about the US's care for human rights, dignity, and democracy with a straight face, because those people being lectured understand that the opposite is the case.

And finally, institutionalizing torture means that if American military or civilian personnel are caught by a hostile power, because the US tortures and provides immunity to those torturers, we have given hostile powers carte blanche to torture Americans.

Chew on that one for a while - particularly if you have family and/or friends in the military right now.

Dec 11 11:15

Billionaire Who Had Sex with Sixteen Year-olds Claims He's the Victim Now

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They promised me they were only thirteen!"

Dec 11 11:14

Furious Reaction To Sick Editorial Calling For Global One Child Dictatorship

An article featured in Canada’s Financial Post newspaper calling for China’s draconian one child policy, where woman are kidnapped off the streets, drugged, and forced to undergo compulsory abortions, to be imposed worldwide has been met with widespread hostile reaction, yet such measures are being debated at the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen.

Dec 11 11:13

Climate change will leave 100million more hungry this century, UN warns

Ooooh. Look at that scary (and totally false) temperature chart.

Dec 11 11:11

Houses Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

But this is, or soon will be, 2010, and President Obama’s promises of transparency aside, the new way of doing things in the perpetual wartime economy is to pass bulky spending bills filled with anything and everything Congressmen want on an accelerated schedule, every few months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point, in the not too distant future, when the Federal government will simply collapse under the weight of its own indebtedness.

Dec 11 11:07

Chavez prepares Venezuela for 'US-provoked war'

President Hugo Chavez says Venezuela must be ready to defend itself against what he called the US and Colombia's gearing up for initiating a military conflict.

Chavez who accused Washington and Bogota of planning to stage war against his country announced that thousands of Russian missiles and rocket launchers were being received by Venezuela as the country is preparing for a possible military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chavez is many things, but he's not an idiot.

The positioning of American forces in Columbia does not bode well for peace in the region.

And of course, as reported here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_reserves_in_Venezuela

"There were 80 billion barrels (13×10^9 m3) of conventional oil reserves in Venezuela as of 2007, the largest oil reserves of any country in South America."

Let's see if I have the formula correctly. Foreign oil reserves, plus a government the US doesn't particularly like, equals... vigorous US attempts at destabilization of that government, including military confrontation, if the US thinks it can get away with it.

Any questions?!?!?

Dec 11 11:04

PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD ~~ ACTIONS ARE NEEDED, NOT WORDS

The EU’s policy statement on a future Palestinian state now needs to be acted on, writes Khalid Amayreh from occupied Jerusalem

Dec 11 11:04

STATE OF PALESTINE QUIZ ~~ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. When was the country of Palestine founded and by whom?

The Land of Palestine was given its name by the Roman Empire. The Arabs were already there, and the Empire named it Paleshtin (Palestine) after the Biblical Pelishtim (Philistines). Paleshtin = Pelishtim

Dec 11 11:03

TOON AND PHOTO ~~ RURAL ACTIVISTS KILLED IN BRAZIL

On October I met Sabia, his wife and children in Buritis, during my trip to countryside Rondonia. He can be seen in this photo, holding a Palestinian flag.

Dec 11 10:58

US to punish anti-American TV in ME

The US House of Representatives has adopted a bill asking the country's president to report agitation resulting to anti-American violence on media outlets.

It also calls for punitive measures for networks deemed to be fueling terror.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the members of the US House of Representatives: people don't like to be told what to do at the point of a gun, shot, maimed, caged, or made collateral damage from a drone strike gone horribly wrong. If we would stop mucking about in other people's countries, the alleged "incitement" would stop in a heartbeat.

The US is now involved in one major war, one occupation, and several proxy wars all over the Middle East and Africa, and these wars have nothing to do with the safety of the American people; these wars are all about resources, and the poor folks who have the horrendously rotten luck to live on top of those resources.

You have to ask yourself: who are the real terrorists in these wars without end?!?

Dec 11 10:51

McCaffrey: Afghan commitment up to 10 years

U.S. troops could be in Afghanistan for as many as 10 years at a cost of up to $300 billion and “thousands more American casualties,” according to the retired Army general who has penned a new independent report on challenges the military will face in the war.

But retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey concludes that the U.S. can, in the next five years, achieve three primary objectives: Create a viable Afghan security force that will allow for the reduction of an active U.S. combat role; create governance from the district level up that the population can support; and reduce official corruption by establishing a “parallel chain of financial custody and approval of resources” until the Afghan government is “operating unlike an active criminal enterprise.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mc Caffrey's "rah-rah" propaganda not withstanding, thinking Americans understand that that the US is in Afghanistan for two reasons, and two reasons only.

These reasons have absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of We the People, and absolutely everything for corporate financial gain.

Those reasons are:

1. To lay the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Those are the reasons why our kids are getting killed and maimed for life in Afghanistan.

Dec 11 10:49

Climategate distracts at Copenhagen

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stirred the pot Wednesday with a Washington Post op-ed calling on President Barack Obama to boycott the Copenhagen talks over climategate and the “agenda-driven science” it exposed.

Obama will surely ignore the call. And the Environmental Defense Fund’s Peter Goldmark told POLITICO Wednesday that climategate isn’t coming up in private meetings among nongovernmental organizations in Copenhagen and is not an issue for negotiators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, we have decided this is how we are going to loot the world's people and the facts don't interest us at all, and you better damned well get used to it, or we'll put you on the list of 'useless carbon producers' over at the Eugenics committee!!"

Dec 11 10:42

CLIMATEGATE - 50% of the U.S. is covered in snow already

It didn’t take long for half of the United States to get slammed with snow (December 11, 2009), last year on December 11, 2008 the U.S. was only covered in 29% of snow. Next week will be even more snow-packed and temperatures even more miserable then last year.

Dec 11 10:42

IDF simulates missile attacks, war against Syria and Hezbollah

The Israel Defense Forces carried out two extensive drills this week, simulating war and national emergency situation.

Both drills were two-day affairs for which dozens of reserve officers were mobilized and included scenarios in which ballistic missiles with conventional and nonconventional warheads landed in Israeli cities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these drills were less about Syria and Hezbollah than they were about a potential military conflict with Iran.

Dec 11 10:39

EU ready to accompany UNSC against Iran

The EU has warned that it will accompany the UN Security Council in punitive action should Iran fail to provide a 'clear response' over its nuclear work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what the EU will be prepared to do is there is no agreement on UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.

Dec 11 10:35

Russia, China disagree with West over Iran sanctions

A Western drive to impose a new set of tougher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program may prove to lose momentum due to strong opposition from Russia and China.

The tense UN Security Council meeting began on Thursday with a salvo of warnings from UN representatives of France, Britain, and the US -- all of whom stood united in their demands that Iran should comply with their demands over its nuclear activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US, UK, France, and Israel, will very likely get no more sanctions against Iran from the UN.

El Baradei is entirely correct and logical when he states that the situation regarding Iran's nuclear energy program can only be resolved by diplomatic means.

This is why his voice will be ignored completely by the US, UK, France, and Israel, which will then head out on their own with multi-lateral sanctions which will ultimately lead to war.

Dec 11 10:31

Doomsday Climate Cultists Attempt to Convert Kids

These next clips would be funny if it wasn’t so creepy that the internationalist criminal-scum elite are attempting to convert kids into this new “doomsday cult” and to fear the most unimaginable like huge floods, massive hurricanes and suicidal polar bears.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See Oh Rapture! for a compendium of botched end-of-the-world prophecies by the usual con-artists, buy-bull bangers, politicians, and other asylum escapees.

Dec 11 10:29

Now EU Wants Global Transaction Tax To Fund More Bailouts

On the heels of a similar proposal being pushed in Copenhagen in the name of fighting global warming, the European Union has asked the IMF to introduce a global tax on financial transactions in order to fund more bailouts – in other words, the globalists are devising yet more ways to plunder the taxpayer into servitude to the private banks that they own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You do not speed up a car by applying the brakes.

Taxes are brakes.

Dec 11 10:23

Poland, US sign deployment accord

Poland and the United States on Friday signed an agreement on the status of US troops in the eastern European country ahead of the deployment of US Patriot missiles.

"This agreement allows the stationing of US soldiers and materiel in Poland," Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich told the press. "For Poland it means that its security will be strengthened."

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said the United States wants to deploy SM-3 missiles in Poland and the neighbouring Czech Republic in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though the "missile shield" deal has been scrapped, the presence of US troops in Poland is bound to make Russia singularly cranky.

Dec 11 10:15

Western envoys threaten Iran with new UN sanctions

"We are facing a pattern of violations by the Islamic Republic of Iran," Araud told reporters. "We are now convinced that there is a deliberate attempt by Iran to violate the UN resolutions."

And he also pointed out that, in parallel, all efforts by six major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- to coax Tehran into abandoning its nuclear enrichment program -- had failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The proposals presented by the West to Iran were engineered to fail.

It is just a question of time before there will be a military strike against Iran.

It will be one of the most idiotic things the US and Israel could do, and may well start World War III; but for Israel, as long as the conflict is primarily fought with American blood and money, Israel will be happy to see it happen.

Dec 11 10:08

Peace Doesn’t Work, Obama Informs Nobel Committee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The only good injun, is a dead injun!!!"

Dec 11 09:59

Obama's Big Sellout

What's taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's very clear financial mandate is to protect the super-rich, while throwing the rest of this country financially under a bus.

Dec 11 09:56

Bankers might be feeling public’s wrath — literally

Criminologists have long noted a correlation between violent crimes and recession, but the phenomenon of business leaders being targeted -- potentially for their roles in a financial loss of some kind -- appears to be unique to this recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just wait until the American public finally wakes up to the facts that the war in Iraq was about its oil, and the war in Afghanistan is about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and controlling the drug trade!

Once the anger that understanding comes to a head, it will be unstoppable.

In terms of real anger, this society and this government have seen absolutely nothing yet.

Dec 11 09:31

CLIMATEGATE - Global warming: Reasons why it might not actually exist

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved, according to the Telegraph's Christopher Booker. Sceptics have long argued that there are other explanations for climate change other than man-made CO2 and here we look at some of the arguments put forward by those who believe that global warming is all a hoax.

Dec 11 09:28

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved

Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.

Dec 11 09:27

Astronomer devises giant sun shield to reverse global warming

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which will last until the first meteor shower, and BTW the Geminids peak on Sunday.

Dec 11 09:25

CLIMATEGATE - Payoff! U.N. climate chief cashes in on carbon scheme

A story emerging out of Britain suggests "follow the money" may explain the enthusiasm of the United Nations to pursue caps on carbon emissions, despite doubts surfacing in the scientific community about the validity of the underlying global warming hypothesis.

A Mumbai-based Indian multinational conglomerate with business ties to Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman since 2002 of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, stands to make several hundred million dollars in European Union carbon credits simply by closing a steel production facility in Britain with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
IPCC Chairman Rasputin

Coincidence? I think not! :)

Dec 11 09:22

War, More War, Or Morer War!

Obama's idea of change.

Dec 11 09:21

Home loan aid program fails thousands

When Renee Penny of Columbia, Tenn., heard about the federal government's "Making Home Affordable" loan modification program last spring, she thought she had found welcome relief.

But a few weeks ago, Bank of America mailed a response to the laid-off auto parts worker's request for mortgage help: The bank told her it would reduce her mortgage by $6 a month, to about $1,176 per payment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

$6 a month.

And I wonder how much tax money was actually spent to get her that $6 a month "help?"

Dec 11 09:19

For feds, more get 6-figure salaries

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Dec 11 09:15

U.S. Cutting Gaza Lifeline

As Mike says;"Unflippingbelievable!" The U.S.Army Corp. of Engineers will help Israel starve the Palestinians!

Dec 11 09:11

US says swine flu not mutating

Frieden said that testing shows no genetic changes in the H1N1 virus, which he described as "really good news."

"It means that the vaccine that we have coming off the production line shortly is a very good match -- in fact, an excellent match...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CDC and WHO are trying to cover their asses for making up a huge amount of vaccine for a rather mild illness, and the claim that H1N1 has not mutated has already been disproved.

CDC had a sample of mutated H1N1 last summer!

Dec 11 09:11

Fire attack on West Bank mosque - settlers suspected

Attackers set fire to bookshelves and a large area of carpet in the mosque, and sprayed graffiti in Hebrew on a wall.

Palestinian residents of the village of Yasuf clashed briefly with Israeli soldiers investigating the attack.

Attacks on Palestinians by settlers are increasing. A number of incidents have been captured on video and received wide publicity.

Dec 11 09:07

Copenhagen climate change: 'US should spend as much on global warming as war'

The row between the rich countries and the developing world intensified at the Copenhagen summit, as China and its supporters blamed America for “endangering the world” by refusing to hand over more cash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By which they mean, YOUR cash!

Dec 11 09:05

Who is David Coleman Headley?

Terror suspect accused by FBI used to be on US Drug Enforcement Administration’s payroll

Dec 11 09:04

Copenhagen climate summit: eight greenhouse gases and what they do

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "human bashing" propaganda. Just to pick one example, the number two gas on their list, methane, is ascribed to human activity including farming (which I presume the environmentalists think we can all live without).

But in actual fact termites produce more methane than human activity by an order of magnitude, and even more methane comes from deep crust microbes. Some is trapped in the layers of methane hydrate on the ocean floor, but the rest bubbles up to the surface and into the atmosphere. Occasionally the microbe produced methane creates a "blowout" on the ocean floor, creating a mass of bubbles that can and has sunk ships and even taken aircraft out of the air (by starving engines and pilots for oxygen) in places like the north sea oil fields and the Bermuda Triangle.

But the goal of this article is to keep placing the blame for the changes to the environment on humans to guilt them out of their money and freedoms.

Dec 11 09:01

Bankers Might Be Feeling Publics Wrath-Literally

It begins! Check the comments!

Dec 11 09:00

Obama Urged to Earn His Nobel Prize at Climate Talks

President Barack Obama had not even accepted his Nobel Prize in Oslo yesterday before environmental advocates began calling on him to earn it when he attends climate talks in Copenhagen next week.

“Obama, in part, has been awarded the Nobel Prize with the expectation that he will deliver the kind of leadership necessary to get a climate treaty,” Greenpeace USA’s Damon Moglen said on Dec. 9, a day before Obama won the same prestigious award given to Al Gore two years ago for his work on climate change. “He won it, and now is the time to earn it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We give you a medal, and you give us a pipeline into Americans' wallets. Such a deal!"

Dec 11 08:58

Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show

More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Obama wants to tax us all trillions to pay for a global warming crisis which does not exist, and has ordered the EPA to declare CO2 a toxic pollutant, while the most basic necessity of life, clean water, is vanishing from America.

Dec 11 08:55

Drug import amendment halts health debate

Expanding access to low-cost prescription drugs from overseas might look like a sure winner in the effort to make health care more affordable. President Barack Obama has long supported the idea. So have many Democrats and a significant number of Republicans.

But the seemingly popular idea brought the Senate health care debate to a standstill Thursday, as Democrats divided over whether they should bow to the drug industry's fierce opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trust me, they will eventually. They always do.

Dec 11 08:46

CLIMATEGATE - BBC Exposes 'Fudge Factor' in ClimateGate Global Warming Computer Programming Code

Even the BBC didn't let this scoop get away.

A segment on the Dec. 3 broadcast of BBC's "Newsnight," showed the implications of the story behind the so-called "ClimateGate" scandal are more than just e-mails concealing data, but an incompetence analyzing the data by way of faulty computer code.

Dec 11 08:39

CLIMATEGATE - THE PROOF OF THE FRAUD IS IN CRU'S SOFTWARE

The code is so hacked around to give predetermined results that it shows the bias of the coder. In other words make the code ignore inconvenient data to show what I want it to show.

Dec 11 08:37

Context for 'hide the decline' discovered

At issue was a proxy-temperature graph showing trends in temperatures for the preceding 1000 years. The first version of this graph, prepared initially by Keith Briffa, did show a significant decline in temperatures late in the twentieth century. The attendees at the IPCC meeting expressed, in no uncertain terms, their sentiment that this decline was an outlying result that ought to remain hidden, presumably from the broader scientific community and the public, in order to avoid what they feared would be a misconstruction of this decline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, there was a temperature chart that showed a decline, and they hid it from the public whose taxes pay for all their toys.

That is what we have been saying all along.

Dec 11 08:07

Shell Wins Rights To Iraq's Giant Manjoon Oil Fields

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just in case you wondered what your kids were killed and crippled for.

Dec 11 07:39

Judge affirms $675k verdict in RIAA music piracy case

A federal judge in Boston today formally signed off on a $675,000 fine that a jury assessed against Boston University doctoral student Joel Tenenbaum for illegally sharing 30 copyrighted songs.

But in an unusual decision, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner expressed "very, very" deep concerns at the "astronomical penalties" available to music companies under copyright laws. Gertner said the court would have been willing to consider Tenenbaum's fair use defense in the case but concluded that the manner in which the arguments were presented by the defense counsel made it all but impossible for her to do so.

Dec 11 07:28

Spying begins on UK web users

We reported last week on plans to enforce copyright law by forcing internet service providers to spy on consumers to detect and report every piece of copied music, movies, e-books, games and software.

Now one UK ISP, Virgin Media, is trialling some of the technology needed to do that on about 1.6 million of its customers.

Dec 11 07:20

Jewish settlers 'to increase by 10,000 within year'

An Israeli minister has predicted there will be 10,000 new settlers in the occupied West Bank over the next 10 months and insisted that a moratorium did not freeze but only limited construction.

Dec 11 06:39

Wake Up America-Current State of Affairs in a Nutshell

Wake Up America-Current State of Affairs in a Nutshell

Stephen Byers, Sr
Whitefield, NH USA

To my Fellow Americans,

“I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within” – General Douglas MacArthur.

Dec 11 05:08

Riddle of the Arctic roll solved as Russia admits 'one of our missiles misfired'

As a missile launch it was an embarrassing failure.

But as an impromptu firework display, it was spectacular.

The mystery of the blue light display that lit up Norway's sky on Wednesday morning appeared to have been solved yesterday, after Russia admitted to a missile test in the area, having initially denied it.

The jinxed Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile failed at the third stage after being test-fired from a submarine in the White Sea, Russia's military said.

Dec 11 05:01

CLIMATEGATE - Copenhagen climate change summit: The world is COOLING not warming says scientist Peter Taylor ... and we're not prepared

Climategate does not just demonstrate the corruption of science and peer-review; it also demonstrates the incompetence of specialists who do not understand planetary ecology, especially its cycles.

We’re being fatally led up the wrong garden path by green businesses, politicians, the IPCC and their computer geeks with their doctored spreadsheets and forecasts. They need to get out more and study the real world – not their virtual reality – because, like the asset bubbles of the financial crisis, the global warming bubble is about to burst…

Dec 11 04:53

Israel fury at UK move to label settlement produce

Britain was today embroiled in an international row after Israel accused the government of encouraging a boycott of foods from its settlements in the West Bank.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued voluntary guidance to UK supermarkets stating labels should differentiate between "Israeli settlement produce" and "Palestinian produce". Foods are currently labelled "Produce of the West Bank".

Dec 11 04:51

CLIMATEGATE - Records fall as temperatures plunge to single digits

Seattle's proximity to Puget Sound, which is near 50 degrees most of the year, helps keep us a little warmer, but even more of a factor is what's called the "urban heating effect." In essence, just by being a big city, we generate a lot of heat on our own. All the asphalt and concrete from roads and buildings to a better job of absorbing the day's warmth and then radiating it back out into the city at night, where as vegetation and forests in rural areas don't keep the heat in as well.

Dec 11 02:10

Quotes by John Emerich Edward Dalberg (English Historian, 1834-1902)

“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

“A people averse to the institution of private property is without the first element of freedom”

“Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing”

Dec 11 01:59

Ron Paul's Hour of Power

The decades-long campaign of Ron Paul to have the Government Accountability Office do a full audit of the Federal Reserve now has 313 sponsors in the House.

Sometimes perseverance does pay off.

If not derailed by the establishment, the audit may happen.

Yet, many columnists and commentators are aghast.

An auditors' probe, they wail, would imperil the Fed's independence and expose it to pressure from Congress to keep interest rates low and money flowing when the need of the nation and economy might call for tightening.

Dec 11 01:25

Special Report: YEARS OF DECEIT: US OPENLY ACCEPTS BIN LADEN LONG DEAD

He has been dead since December 13, 2001 and now, finally, everyone, Obama, McChrystal, Cheney, everyone who isn't nuts is finally saying what they have known for years.

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